Work involves protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances, and general police assignment including field patrol, preliminary complaint and criminal investigation, traffic control and accident investigation. Duties involve an element of personal danger and require that Police Patrol Officers act without direct supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies.


Police Patrol Officers shall reside within 40 miles of the Decatur Police Department Headquarters, located at 707 W. South Side Drive within 90 days following the completion of their probationary period. This position requires a 18 month probationary period.


Base Salary

Patrol Officer salary range: $67,856 (starting) to $86,544 (at 7 years) plus longevity – effective 1/1/2024


Longevity is contractually a percentage of the base pay, based on years of service. The longevity increases are at 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service; and are 2%, 4%, 6%, 9%, and 12% respectively.  For example, if you are a Patrol Officer and you have 10 years of service, your pay will be $90,005 ($86,544 + 4%).  Top pay for a patrol officer, including longevity, is $96,930.  This does not include additional pay for other assignments (listed below).

Other Assignments

K-9 Patrol – 5% increase in addition to base rate & longevity. Master Patrol – 5% increase in addition to base rate & longevity. Investigations – 10% increase in addition to base rate & longevity.


Effective 1/1/2024, Sergeant starting base rate is $102,214 and after 6 months it is $109,399.  Top Sergeant pay with maximum longevity is $122,527.


2 weeks after one year of service; 3 weeks after 7 years of service; 4 weeks after 14 years of service; 5 weeks after 20 years of service; 6 weeks after 25 years of service.


Excellent pension benefits; retirement at 50% of salary at age 55 with 20 years of service to a maximum of 75% of salary at 30 years. The City contributes to the Police Pension Fund. Police Officers also contribute at the rate of 9.91% of gross pay. Employee contributions are refundable if employment ends before retirement. Police Officers do not contribute to Social Security; however, they contribute to Medicare at the rate of 1.45% of gross pay.

Other Benefits

13 holidays per year, compensatory time optional in lieu of overtime, hospitalization and life insurance paid by the City of Decatur for employees, with dependent coverage available; paid sick leave; optional retirement fund; optional flex spending fund; optional dental coverage; shift differential pay for 2nd and 3rd shifts; uniforms provided by the City (except for firearms), up to 26 holidays a year can be cashed out (either in cash or deferred compensation plan).

General Information

Decatur is a city located in Central Illinois, and serves as an industrial/retail center. The Decatur Police Department has an authorized strength of 148 sworn officers. More specific information about the Decatur Police Department follows.

Shift Schedule

The officers in the Patrol Division work 12-hour shifts with a “Pittman” style rotation.  This provides every other weekend off.  Shift differential is paid for hours worked between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Training Program

Officers who have not yet received formal police training will be sent to a police training facility for a period as specified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Officers will be on pay status during this time. In addition, all officers must take part in the department’s field training program. This program is generally 16 weeks.

Probation and Evaluation

There is an 18-month probation period for this position. Civil Service evaluations are given at five, seven, nine, twelve and eighteen months. During the field training program, approximately 4-6 months in length, you are also evaluated on a daily basis by your assigned Field Training Officer and on a weekly basis by your Field Training Sergeant. Further field training program training and evaluation continues throughout your probationary period.


Uniform clothing that is furnished by the City consists of a combination uniform car coat/jacket, rain clothing, body armor and external carrier, trousers or slacks, winter shirts or blouses, summer shirts or blouses, hat, a Sam Browne belt with accessories, holster and a tie.

Other Equipment

In addition to uniforms, the City will provide you with a duty holster, ammunition, Oleoresin Capsicum spray and holder, an expandable baton and holder, disposable gloves and case, handcuffs and handcuff case, riot gear, ammo pouches, two (2) magazines and a bulletproof vest/external carrier. After officers have finished their probation period and completed the required training, officers are issued a taser.

* The only items YOU MUST PURCHASE include a duty weapon, flashlight, and shoes.   The weapon and shoes must meet the Decatur Police Department specifications.

The following handguns in all black are currently authorized:

Glock model 17 9mm

Glock model 19 9mm

Glock model 45 9mm

Glock model 47 9mm